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I need some help here. My 40 gallon breeder tank is giving me a range of very mild to pretty painful electric shocks when I touch the water. I unplugged heater, powerhead, and filter and I'm still getting shocked! Just to see if it was me I put my hands in my other tanks around the house and nothing. Weird thing is sometimes I get shocked and sometimes I don't. And if I do it's of varying degrees as described above. This has been going on for the last hour or so. Another weird thing is the tips of my fingers are still a bit numb from doing this. This tank and equipment has been up and running for a month. Fish and shrimp all look fine. WTH?
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If you have florescent lights, especially the long tube kind, try unplugging it. They can induce an electric charge in water without physical contact with it.

Any other equipment? Don't discount anything.

Fish and shrimp are usually fine since they're not grounded to anything, so there's no electrical flow through their bodies. But still, this is not a good situation.

Sounds like you don't have a GFCI installed. Get one installed for the outlet that you tank plugs into. If there is a current leak it will trip and cut off power to prevent you from getting shocked.


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That's interesting. It probably is one of your lights, the HV ballasts can have issues.

People are too often merely stating an assumed truth from flawed observation.
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Get a grounding probe for $12.00
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Figured it out. It was the filter. The AquaTop that I have hated on in several posts on this site I decided to give a second chance. Well that was the last straw for that POS filter...wow. It was the UV sterilizer built into it. Crazy.
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Figured it out. It was the filter. The AquaTop that I have hated on in several posts on this site I decided to give a second chance. Well that was the last straw for that POS filter...wow. It was the UV sterilizer built into it. Crazy.
Scary! I'm glad you solved your problem. At least its not your lighting that needs replacing! I would have never known that a T5 had the ability to charge the water without contact, that's insane!
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A lot of use surge protectors but u don't here much talk about GFI any thing related to water and electricity should be on a GFI circuit or outlet.
Including my equipment thats not , my bathroom room and outside elect outlets are but most important might be the aquarium.
Good thing you didn't ground your self while touching your aquarium.

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Get a grounding probe for $12.00
That wouldn't do anything good.

People are too often merely stating an assumed truth from flawed observation.
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